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Language & the Law - LING 2223

Discover how language impacts the theory and practice of law. Topics include: origins of legal language, linguistics in the courtroom, plagiarism and language rights. This course also introduces areas of linguistics such as syntax, semantics, pragmatics and sociolinguistics, which explicate a wide range of legal matters where both spoken and written language come to fore.


By the Numbers

Year department was founded
Number of distinct languages spoken throughout the world
Endangered languages spoken in the United States

Cornell University is located on the traditional homelands of the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' (the Cayuga Nation). The Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' are members of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, an alliance of six sovereign Nations with a historic and contemporary presence on this land. The Confederacy precedes the establishment of Cornell University, New York State, and the United States of America.  We acknowledge the painful history of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' dispossession, and honor the ongoing connection of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' people, past and present, to these lands and waters.

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